Glenbow and University of Calgary partner on new research centre

The Pro Bono Cause

Glenbow Museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Calgary community for over 50 years and is one of the largest and most innovative museums in Canada. Its world-class collections of art, archives and other objects and documents celebrate the legacy of the peoples, events and landscape that have shaped the community as a whole and inspire and create new cultural and artistic experiences for visitors.  Glenbow is actively involved in the community, through initiatives such as school programs and summer youth programs.  Its strategic direction is focused on its role as a leading public art museum and opportunities to provide enhanced access to other parts of its collections through partnerships with leading educational and cultural institutions.

The Osler Pro Bono Connection

Neal Ross, a partner in Osler’s Corporate Group in Calgary, and Jack Thrasher, a recently retired partner from Osler’s Energy Group and a member of Glenbow’s Board of Governors, assisted Glenbow in negotiating a detailed 99-year loan agreement to partner with the University of Calgary in creating the historic new Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary. Glenbow’s Library and Archives are being relocated to the new centre, which will increase access, teaching and research opportunities for students, academics and the public. This innovative relationship between two of Canada’s leading learning institutions was approved by the Province of Alberta. Glenbow enjoys the additional benefit of having more space to house its world-class contemporary and historical art collection.

Volunteer Reflections

“I was very pleased to have the opportunity to have a role in this terrific partnership between the Glenbow and the University of Calgary. My family has visited the Glenbow for years, and my daughter is our family’s second generation of students to attend the University of Calgary, so there were many touch points for me and I look forward to a long partnership between these two great Alberta institutions.”
Neal Ross

Neal Ross

Neal Ross: Corporate Partner
nross@osler.com
Calgary

 

A word from Glenbow

“Throughout the process, you represented Glenbow’s interests with clarity, transparency and enormous care. You were exemplary in communicating to us at every stage of the discussion in a way that made us feel involved, and active participants in the process. We knew we were in very good hands.”

Donna Livingstone, former President and CEO of Glenbow and Irfhan Rawji, Chair of the Board Governors of Glenbow